I'm with Dr Feel Rotten on this one. The byplay between Cranston/The Shadow (La Rocque) and both Phoebe (Astrid Allwin) and the police commissioner (Thomas Jackson) was pretty much the
entertainment for me. It was refreshing to see him get the better of the boss's daughter (or niece, in this case) without needing to be an abusive bully to do so, and gratifying to see the commissioner boil when his force was constantly revealed to be less than a shining example of effectiveness.
There is a small cultural artifact in the film that may be noteworthy to anyone with an interest in the history of technology. At about 0:41, Cranston is snooping about in an apartment that belongs to a member of the gang he is investigating. Phoebe shows up, and then the phone rings. Cranston answers it, passing himself off as the gang member. The caller turns out to be another member of the gang. Immediately after, Cranston calls the operator and asks that the previous call be traced. He and Phoebe are both dismayed to learn that "they can't trace a call on a dial phone."
Dial telephones and automatic exchanges were new in the 1930's; it took years for them to be installed everywhere. Many people were still accustomed to having operators connect their calls, even after dial phones were introduced in their areas. The idea that calls could be completed automagically just from the signals sent by a rotary dial, without human intervention, was new and foreign to them. This film in the Prelinger Collection on http://www.archive.org/details/HowtoUse1927"
rel="nofollow">how to use the new dial telephone may be of interest.
I downloaded the 688 MB MP4 file available http://www.archive.org/details/international_crime_1938"
rel="nofollow">here. The print quality is very good, with a sharp picture and clear sound, though there are a few repair splices with frames missing. Encoding is clear, with no pixelation or artifacts.